Panic Disorder and Anxiety Treatment Resources

Treatment and Free Help for Panic Attacks & Anxiety Disorders

Panic or Anxiety attacks reflect an often debilitating condition that is rarely understood by the family and friends of those who struggle with anxiety disorder. It also underscores a painful struggle for many children and teens to cope with the uncertainties, embarrassment, and stresses of a disorder that leaves them feeling out of control. We're here to help the parents, families, and friends of these teens. On the right we have compiled options that are free and inexpensive, as well as those that would require a substantial investment in the future of your child. Regardless of your financial situation you should be able to find help for your teen.

Is your teen struggling with issues or symptoms associated with anxiety disorder or panic attacks? Is your family struggling? Does your child exhibit any of the following behaviors? Follow the Steps on the right.

    Does your child or Teenager Struggle with the following symptoms?

  • Racing Heart
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Fear of Death
  • Trembling with or without Sweating
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Avoidance Behavior (Agoraphobia)

    Have there been symptoms or diagnoses of other disorders?

  • Family Conflict, Argumentative, Abusive Behavior
  • Blatant Disregard of Rules
  • Can't Accept "No" For an Answer
  • Abrupt Change in Personality
  • Never at Fault - Shifts Blame to Others
  • Uncontrollable Anger - Poor Emotional Control
  • Can't Accept Feedback - "Above the Law"
  • Manipulative - Pits Parents Against Each Other
  • Lying - Stealing - Sneaky Behaviors
  • Lack of Motivation - Lazy - Resists Tasks
  • "I hate you," attitude
  • "You can't make me," attitude
  • Substance Abuse - Alcohol or Drugs
  • Skips School - Truancy
  • School Suspensions - Authority Problems
  • Grades Have Fallen - Academic Problems
  • Can't Keep Friends - Peer Problems
  • Danger to Self or Others
  • Runs Away or AWOL
  • Conduct Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Poor Choice of Friends - Easily Misled
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Bipolar Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Low Self-Esteem or Poor Self-Image
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Attempted or Threats of Suicide (Ideation)
  • Drug Abuse or Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse or Addiction
  • Smoking or other Tobacco Use
  • Sexually Active - Risky Behavior
  • Cutting - Self-Harm or Mutilation
  • Adoption Issues - Associated with RAD
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Learning Disabilities - Diagnosed?

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If your teenager or loved one is struggling with anxiety disorder, especially if this struggle includes the symptoms and issues mentioned above, get teen help now. From free services to complete intervention, vast resources are provided through the Steps found on this page (teen help, above right).*

Important Information on the Cause of Panic Attacks

At anytime the onset of a panic attack can happen; when you are at home, in your car, in public or pretty much anywhere. The direct cause of panic attack symptoms have no yet been inpointed by researchers. The cause of panic attack symptoms is believed to be a hereditary condition by many researchers, but other believe the main cause can be stress or fear. In every victim the symptoms always remain the same even though there is no defined cause of a panic attack. The same symptoms as a life threatening experience are reflected in a panic attack as research has shown. During a panic attack the same fear is felt similar to the fear during a life-threatening situation.

You Arenít Really Dying

A sudden tightening of the chest followed by an extreme increase of heart rate are the symptoms in a panic attack. The person will feel nauseated, dizzy and sometimes a person may even faint as a result of the increased heart rate. Some people may even feel as if they are dying as a cause of panic attack symptoms. Anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours can be the duration of these symptoms.

An effect of stress or nerves used to be what doctors looked at as the cause of panic attack symptoms. The patient was sent on their way and the diagnosis was overlooked. A medication schedule is now used by doctors to treat the panic attack and help prevent any future attacks. To help a person understand the probable cause of a panic attack counseling may also be recommended to help handle oncoming attacks.

Medications Available to Help Alleviate the Cause of Panic Attack Symptoms

To help with prevention or the cause of panic attack symptoms there are many medications now on the market. Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil are some anti-depression medications that doctors have been prescribing. The effects are relieved and sometimes the panic attack can be eliminated all together with these medications. The anxiety levels in a patient are relieved with the help of the medication and it is believed the anxiety levels are the main cause of a panic attack. A patient will feel more relaxed and less susceptible to experience an attack by taking these medications.

A doctor will likely refer to a cognitive behavior specialist in addition to the medication. You will experience two different types of therapy during a cognitive therapy session. Behavioral therapy is the concentration of the first therapy and cognitive therapy is the other. Cognitive therapy will help focus on determining when the believed cause of the panic attack is and also what triggers or worsens the attack. Different ways of managing the cause of a panic attack are learned with behavioral therapy. Relaxation techniques and concentrated breathing techniques are some of the common behavioral exercises.

The believed cause of a panic attack will be attacked by a combination of these two therapies which can help prevent future attacks. Sometimes a panic attack can be dangerous and they are also a very frightening experience. Future treatment is highly recommended even if you make it through a panic episode. If it happens, do not ignore a panic attack. Rather seek help and find the cause so you can avoid any future attacks.

Author: Kevin Stith

Kevin Stith is the editor of Overcoming Anxiety, Anxiety Cure and Depression Information Portal

(For additional articles relating to Panic Disorder Treatment, see: Anxiety Disorder Treatment, Anxiety Treatment Centers, and Anxiety Treatment Resources)

Thousands of families throughout the country have turned to specialized schools - residential treatment centers - to help their children with anxiety disorder and related behavioral issues. Their motivation is to help these children and experience not only therapeutic but social and academic success. Most of these schools are meant to help, rather than to punish teens. They provide 24x7 supervision, guidance, and support. It is important for you to understand that such schools are distinguished among residential treatment centers as non-punitive, rather than oppressive residential programs that work with students who are a danger to themselves or others.

Nonetheless, in the treatment industry there are many schools that DO NOT provide a high standard of care, not to mention effective academics for students with anxiety or panic issues. Worse, many mingle students with serious behavioral issues with those who are in need of therapeutic support, shaping, and other non-aggressive behavioral support. These schools are avoided by InsightPros. Instead, we suggest a careful, intentional process in seeking help for any teen struggling with anxiety disorder, working hand-in-hand with a licensed therapist. A school may be part of the answer. But it might be a mistake. Our services provide access to many professionals, resources, and information that can help you decide if a specialized school, outpatient program, and/or therapy is right for your teen.

But don't forget, regardless of what solutions you seek beyond the walls of your own home, those solutions will eventually need to make their way back into your home. You should seriously consider using The Total Transformation Program® to help make this process successful.

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